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it is mostly good news for president obama. unemployment ticked up to 7.9%, but more jobs were added than expected, 171,000 to be precise. stock futures went up right after the numbers came out. later oil prices took a tumble. both the president and governor romney reacted to the report during stops on the campaign trail this morning. >> we made real progress, but we are here today because we know we've got more work to do. >> unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. >> and joining any now is "newsweek" columnist zachary caribel. let's get your analysis of the numbers. >> unemployment ticked up, but statistically it's a nonfactor. it's been where it is now for the past six, seven, eight months. it doesn't matter who is elected on tuesday. that's likely where we are. it's the only more than silver lining is you have moderate job creation. i think no one would prefer having less than 171,000 jobs created in a month. that's where we are right now. >> the anticipation was 125,000 job woos would be added. it's so intriguing the dynamics playing out in the
candidates. it is a choice between two different visions for america. >> the obama campaign says unemployment went up because more people are re-entering the job market, newly optimistic about jobs being created. >> the american auto industry is back on top. home values are on the rise. >> but mitt romney was quick to insist not enough new jobs are being created to energize the still is the candidate who knows how. >> i will have a lot of people offering advice, and i know a lot about it myself to begin with. >> virginia remains one of the most coveted prizes to win on tuesday. barack obama has two rallies here tomorrow. on monday, the final day of campaigning, mitt romney will spend his day in lynchburg and head to a rally -- at george mason university. >> thanks, rebecca. residents of maryland turned out in big numbers for their final chance to turn in an early voting ballot. the state board of elections said early voting hit a record high of nearly 300,000 this year extended by one day because of hurricane sandy. >> through election day, if you see any problems at polling places, from long
in the unemployment rate president obama pumped up ohio this morning. >> the president: today our businesses created nearly 5 1/2 million new jobs. companies hired more workers in october than any time in the last eight months. >> reporter: the president admits there is more work to be done. but says this is a pattern of real progress that includes a stronger auto industry, thanks to his bailout. romney is ing the numbers another way at a rally in wisconsin this morning he said the report is a sad reminder that the economy is at a virtual standstill. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate down to 5.2%. today it is 7.9% and that's nine million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> reporter: some say the report could have been a tipping point in the election. matt dowd says it is too late to sway voters. >> the last six months in the economy are baked in the perceptions. >> reporter: mitt romney has scheduled a last minute stop sunday his advisers say the president is losing support in pennsylvania. president obama's camp sa
at the campaign schedules for president obama and governor romney from now until election day. they are making a mad dash seeking swing state votes. we have tracie potts tracking it all from washington. >> reporter: new this morning, the nation's unemployment rate is 7.9%, up slightly from a month ago as expected although 171,000 jobs were created in october, plus 134,000 not originally reported in september. >> this is a great report. >> it is consistent with the consumer confidence numbers. it illustrates the break we have seen. consumers have been saying we have more jobs and we're feeling better. >> reporter: both candidates land in ohio today. so far here is the travel schedule. governor romney visits seven states, including a rally in ohio with 100 supporters and politicians and celebrities. in virginia, a make up from hurricane sandy. >> he was the other day talking about saving characters on "sesame street" and playing word game was my name. >> reporter: president obama also visits seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio. his must-win state. he'll be there every
million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. unemployment today is higher on -- than on the day barack obama took office. >> now it's all about turnout. and enthusiasm. >> let me tell you something, i might be the only person in america, but i am far more enthusiastic about president obama this time than i was four years ago. >> speaking about getting that vote out. >> not exercising your right to vote is milalarkeymalarkey. >> early voters will receive a $5 million donation from donald trump. >> couldn't you want this e -- don't you want this election over with already? >> the homeland security department is responding to a growing crisis in new york and new jersey. massive shortages of fuel hampering recovery efforts and leaving millions of motorists with empty tanks. tom costello is in richfield, new jersey, with details on that temporary fix. >> hi, andrea. we've got a lot going on here. let me just set the stage for you. we're on the jersey turnpike and a lot of cars moving through here at the vince lombardi
of the campaign. obama rallies are shouting "four more years, four more years." i heard you. you're shouting "four more days." he said he would lower the unemployment rate, down to 5.2% right now. today we learned it's actually 7.9%. that is 9 million short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> dana: all right. that was governor mitt romney in wisconsin earlier today reacting to the jobs report, that came out earlier in morning. the president however sees it differently. take a listen. >> in 2008 we were in the middle of two wars and worst economic crisis since the great depression. today, businesses created 5.5 million new jobs. this morn we learned the company hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> dana: all right. so that is the closing arguments in the last four days, everyone is happy. four days to go. 171,000 jobs created in october. the number, however, for the unemployment rate went from 7.8% to 7.9%. greg, thoughts on this. >> greg: i don't know how you call it a recovery when unemployment goes up. une
. obama is re-elected. >> he said he would lower the unemployment rate, down to 5.#% now. today we learn it's actually 7.9%. that is 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when obama took office. >> former labor department official notes at this pace it would take decade to get back to full employment. >> we need to have certain growth to keep up with the population. we're still talking nine or ten years of recovery. >> yet, the president has a narrow lead in ohio because the state's unemployment rate is only 7%. the president has gotten some credit for the auto bail-out. he charged today romney is trying to win this state by falsely charging in an ad the bail-out will lead chrysler to shift jobs from jeep plant here to china. >> everybody knows it's not true. the car companies themselves have told governor romney to knock it off. >> romney spokeswoman stood behind the ad charging, "his mismanagement of the process exposed taxpayers to $25 billion loss." companies are expanding production overseas. woman at the president's first event ripped romney in
on his rival >> if president obama is reelected, you will see high levels of unemployment continue and stalled wage growth, if any at all. >> reporter: and mr. romney mocked mr. obama for this proposal he outlined earlier. >> i said i want to consolidate the government agencies, we should have one secretary of business, instead of nine different departments. >> we don't need the secretary of business to understand business. we need a president who understands business. and i do. >> reporter: this afternoon in richmond, mr. romney called on supporters to give to the red cross but was interrupted by protesters. >> that is what caused this monster storm. >> reporter: at the center of the response to the storm, new york city's mayor michael bloomberg said that climate change contributed to the storm, and endorsed mr. obama as the best candidate to tackle the climate change, saying he could still inspire the hope he did four years ago, despite what mr. bloomberg called a disappointing four year term. and brian, there is still one significant event, tomorrow, the last monthly unemploymen
in the last eight months. >> mitt romney had a different take. >> unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> he said the president has failed to deliver. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate. today we learned is actually 7.9%. that is 9 million short of what he promised. >> the unemployment rate rose to 7.9% in september. it also shows some players added 171,000 jobs in october. the longer term trend is also a mixed bag. >> 160,000 new jobs. that is enough to keep pace but it is not enough to repair the damage from the recession. >> what does all this mean for the election outcome? >> most americans have made up their mind about the candidates and certainly about the economy. a little news is not likely to change that. >> about 4% of likely voters remain undecided. it is not clear whether the numbers will sway them either way. >> what else did you see that was interesting? >> it shows growth in manufacturing and construction as well as the hotel restaurant and health-care sectors. on the downside, government hiring is down in the states and also
$5 trillion of debt. we're supposed to have 6% unemployment, according to obama, if he spent $5 trillion. that's not what we got. we know that obama's plan put us in the worst position, fewer people working. fewer people in the workforce. people have given up on job opportunities. very weak economic growth. >> you know, i think a lot of voters, too, are sort of frustrated by the lack of anybody in congress working to the. and john earlier you were talking about the severe partisanship. and some people point to you in this taxpayer protection pledge, which i have on me. i don't know if people can see it clearly. you have everyone sign for the house of reps, i pledge i will oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions. this one is for the senate. this one is for governors. this one is for state legislatures. you have a whole list, mostly republicans, almost every republican, who has signed onto that. and people who say when you start from there you create an environment where it's impossible to have any kin
for president. katie marzullo is live in the newsroom with how the romney and obama camps are likely to spin today's report and who it is going to be better for. >> reporter: hard to say turned out to be a grey area unemployment ticked up to 7.9%, 171,000 new jobs were added. romney just issued a statement that the october report is a sad reminder that the economy is still at a standstill. the president hasn't spoken out yet about the report, surely he can spin the fact that unemployment is still under 8%. one expert says voters will likely shrug that number off. it does mean president obama faces voters with the highest unemployment rate of any incumbent since roosevelt. the president is campaigning in the battleground state of ohio today he has three events planned there. mitt romney starts his campaign this morning in wisconsin and then he moss on to two rallies in ohio. the romney campaign is making a new play for pennsylvania. scheduling a lot of minute appearance this sunday aides say president obama has been unperforming in pennsylvania the president's camp calls it an act of desperat
.9% and that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. unemployment today is higher than on the day barack obama took office. he promised that he would propose a plan to save social security and medicare from insolvency. he didn't. rather, he raided $716 billion from medicare to pay for his obama care. he said he was going to lower health insurance premiums for the average family by $2,500 a year by now. and actually, they are now $3,000 higher for an average family. and gasoline, the american family now pays $2,000 a year more for gasoline than when he was elected. of course, he also said he was going to work across the aisle on the most important issues. listen to this, he has not met on the economy or on the budget or on jobs with either of the republican leader of the house or the senate since july. instead of bridging the divide, he's made it wider. now, how is it that he's fallen so short of what he promised? in part, it's because he has never led before. he had never worked across the aisle before. he ne
obama gets more out of it. as you can see, he's not emphasizing the unemployment rate when he's speaking. mitt romney is doing that math that doesn't work thing again. barack obama said that the unemployment was going to be this and now it is this and as a result 9 million people are out of work. that's just not math that works. i don't think either of them are convincing anybody right now. this could have hurt barack obama. it is not going to hurt him. i don't know it really helps him a lot. >> yeah. it is kind of a wash when you look at the jobs numbers increased, but then the unemployment rate ticked up. john, hang on, before you weigh in, i may have a question for you that you're just about to answer for me, because month to month jobs reports, it is a important milestone by which we can gauge whether the economy is improving. and then, you know, judge the president, what the president is doing. i want you to take a look back to the worst of this recession, guys. this is october of 2009. look at this, the unemployment rate was above 10%. and in this month, 7.9%. you've been traveling
today than when barack obama took office. think of that, today's unemployment is higher today than the day barack obama took office. he promised to save social security and medicare from insolvency, and he didn't. rather he raided $716 billion from medicare to pay for the obama devoted obama care. he said he would lower health care insurance premiums for the average family by $2,500 a year by each other, and now they are $3,000 higher for a average family. and gasoline, the american family now pays $2,000 a year more for gasoline than when he was elected. of course, he also said he would work across the aisle on the most important issues. listen to, this he has not met on the economy or the budget or on jobs with either of the republican leader of the house or the senate since july. instead of bridging the divide, he's made it wider. now how is it that he has fallen so short of what he promised? in part, it is because he never led before. he never worked across the aisle before, and he never truly understood how jobs are created this the economy. and today, he is of course making n
at the unemployment rate, over the last 45 months since president obama took office, the unemployment rate has come down. last month it was the lowest level since he took office. in fact, it was below where he took office, but the amount of job creation on a month-to-month basis has been slowing down. it's actually been a little bit smaller. so when you think about job creation and creating new jobs and driving the economy forward, that's an area where some economists will say it's not as strong. one area where we have seen jobs come back, and this was last month, is government work. one area where we've actually seen things drop off a bit is manufacturing, which has been one of the strongest sectors in our economy. >> thank you. norah? >>> for four days during superstorm sandy, president obama and mitt romney took it easy on each other, but on thursday they were back on the attack. >> this is no time for small measures. this is time for real change. when i'm elected president on day one we'll bring real change to america. >> he's saying he's the candidate of change. well, let me tell you, wisconsi
in october. but the unemployment rate went up as more people looked for work. president obama hald the job growth while republican mitt romney said rising unemployment proves the president's policies have failed. and in the northeast there were growing demands to restore basic services in the wake of hurricane sandy. is politicking from the pulpit appropriate? we examine that on-line. kwame holman explains >> holman: a group of pastors wants the right to endorse political candidates, despite an i.r.s. rule prohibiting it. watch a video about the debate. and on "art beat," we look at a new translation of "the inferno" from poet mary jo bang that offers up a modern look at dante's epic. all that and more is on our web site, newshour.pbs.org. judy. >> woodruff: and that's the newshour for tonight. on monday, we'll wrap up the final day of campaigning and report on the candidates' last push in ohio. i'm judy woodruff. >> brown: and i'm jeffrey brown. "washington week" can be seen later this evening on most pbs stations. we'll see you online, and again here monday evening. have a nice weekend,
stressed the opposite case which is unemployment today remains higher than it was when president obama took office. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate. down to 5.2% right now. today we learned that it's actually 7.9%. and that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. >> reporter: of course, the question is, how much any of that messaging matters. so much of the vote has already been decided in the minds of individual voters. so that what matters is the calls being made at this afl-cio phone bank trying to get their supporters out to vote, business, u.s. chambers doing exactly the same thing for the republicans. we're going to know on tuesday which side was more successful, larry. >> all right. john harwood. many thanks for that. >>> now president obama and mitt romney are crisscrossing the country in these critical final four days. obama's going to visit colorado, iowa, wisconsin, ohio, virginia, new hampshire, and florida. and an almost identical tour for romney excepts he swaps florida i
forecast and a possible nor'easter next week. >>> but first, which candidate does today's unemployment report help more, president obama, or perhaps it's mitt romney. we'll be joined live by cbs news' bob schieffer coming up next. keely and bianca thompson. keely, keely, keely and bianca thompson. accokeek. keely's district boxing and youth center. accokeek. >>> we are coming down to the wire, and on the presidential campaign trail, president obama and mitt romney are both targeting undecided voters who may be influenced by today's unemployment report. the jobless rate rose a 10th of a point from 7.8 to 7.9%. it is the highest number an incumbent president has faced on election day since franklin roosevelt. employers added 171,000 new jobs in october. 45,000 more than many analysts anticipated. and the labor department says hiring over the summer was better than previously thought. both president obama and mitt romney campaigned today in the battleground state of ohio. >>> with election day just days away the final push in the presidential race will be the focus of this week's cbs news
a hurdle for president obama. the october unemployment report. as it turns out, last month was a strong one for job creation. the labor department said 171,000 jobs were added last month, the unemployment rate ticked to 7.9%, but remained under 8% which is key for the president. in a move that surprised exactly no one, both campaigns tried to spin the news this morning. governor romney said this in wisconsin. >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate down to 5.2%. today we learned it's 7.9%, that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. >> speaking in ohio the president highlighted the spike in job creation. >> and today our businesses have created nearly 5.5 million new jobs and this morning we learned that companies hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> joining us now, from washington, the man with all the answers, cnbc's amman jabbers. what's your assessment of this jobs report? >> it's definitely a strong jobs report, stronger than expected consensus was about 125,000 jobs, we saw 171,000. that was a surprise to the upside. in the mo
to lower the unemployment rate. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> just four days to go until americans cast their ballots. but will the new jobs numbers help undecided voters make up their minds? tonight yet another new story line as we near the finish line in the race for the white house. plus, new hope for patients as the hope for fuel begins to grow desperate. but with lines in some cases now stretching for miles, sempers and of in the storm zone are on the rise. >> no gas. they just closed. oh, my god! >> tonight new promises that help is on the way. >> but first from fox this friday night the fuel tankers carrying millions gallons of desperately needed gasoline to the heart of the hurricane zone are offshore and ready to be unloaded b. but getting the gas from ships to cars is proving to be a herculean task. people have had to wait to fill up in many times lines that stretch for miles. trying to buy fuel for vehicles and generators. then you have all the people to wait in line and get to the front and find the pumps have run dry. >> i have been here
remains -- are voters still frustrated. >> companies held more workers in october. >> unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. >> reporter: there's good news and bad news. the candidates are trying to convince -- spinet numbers. >> this was another busy day on the campaign trail. take us through some of the highlights from today. >> reporter: earlier today mitt romney spoke in wisconsin and he called this his closing argument. >> words are cheap. a record is real and it's earned. real change is not measured in words. real change is measured in achiefments and four years ago candidate obama promised so very much but he's fallen. >> reporter: as for the president he argues it comes down to trust. >> you may be frustrated sometimes by the pace of change but you know what i believe. you know where i stand. you know i tell the truth. you know i will fight for your families every single day. you know that. >> reporter: as if there wasn't enough political news out there today there's this brand-new cnn/orc that shows president obama has a slight lead
, 7.9% unemployment rate. you'll see them all day and all weekend. both president obama and governor romney promised that more can be done. over the next hour we'll look at whether these are presidential plans or presidential wish list s, christine. >> both candidates will try to spin this number to their advantage, ali. here are the facts, quite frnkly. numbers here show a jobs recovery, 150,000 jobs on average created each month this year. but that's not enough to make everyone feel like it's a robust labor market or it's really recovering. there's something here, ali, obviously, for everyone. you're going to get spin from both sides. unemployment rate from 7.9% still feels uncomfortable. the private sector is creating jobs, ali. >> absolutely. austan goolsbee, former chairman of the president's council of economic advisers. peter morissey is a professor at the university of maryland school of business and diane swonk is the chief economist with meserow. i know the case can be made that this president brought us back from the brink. did he bring us back fast enough and could this r
added 114,000 jobs, and unemployment rate fell from . % to 7.8%. >>> president obama will be in ohio when the jobs report comes out. the president will spend most of the day in the buckeye state prosecute returning to the white house tonight. the president returned to the campaign trail yesterday, visiting wisconsin, colorado and nevada. and those are his first events since sandy struck. mitt romney will spend part of today in ohio. he will start the day in wisconsin. he'll deliver what aides call his closing argument. from there, he heads to ohio and rallies in columbus, and cincinnati. >>> today, your last chance to vote early in maryland. polling centers open from 8:00 this morning until 9:00 tonight. early voting was supposed to end earlier this week. it was extended through earlier today since polling centers were closed monday and tuesday. vote early through tomorrow in the district. polling centers open until 9:00 p.m. today and tomorrow. >>> good news for new yorkers in the dark after hurricane sandy. con edison, the utility company that serve much of manhattan says power sho
.9% unemployment. slightly worse. >> the president went to springfield, ohio. >> reporter: romney stopped in wisconsin where he's polling five points behind. >> candidate obama promised to do so very much. but he's fallen so very short. >> reporter: he said the president pledged unemployment down to 5% by now. >> today we learned that it's actually 7.9%. and that's 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. think of that. >> reporter: governor romney has two stops in ohio today. president obama three. and they'll both be back before tuesday. both candidates are campaigning as if any letup would mean they would lose ohio and lose the election. i'm steve handelsman, news 4. >>> early voting ends tonight in maryland. tomorrow in d.c. the big turnout has overwhelmed elections officials and caused long lines at some early voting sites. it's also the talk around town this week. here with some reaction from the station's listeners. malette, what is driving these long lines? we've got question 6, we've got question 7. and by the way,
%. president obama has now got the unemployment rate down a full point over the last year. so the trend line, unlike jimmy carter is very clear. melissa: trend line is going other way. it went up this month. went from 7.8 to 7.9. green energy. solar what you want to highlight? more abound, more sole sole of a story of solar energy companies going bankrupt. that is what you guys want to cling to? >> well the fact is, it has been a growth industry overall. there can be right-wing or republican spins on that. over the last year the unemployment rate --. melissa: how much tax dollars and what could the tax dollars spent on? >> can i say, melissa, give the president a little credit here. net more new jobs than when he took office in the wake. melissa: 194,000. >> well, but in the wake of the biggest financial disaster. what does romney do? melissa: got 16 million people who need more jobs at a rate -- four years 194,000 how long would it take to 16 million back to work four years for 194,000. i'm going to be dead by the time everyone is back to work. you've been talking a lot. i will will give yo
of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> we have our dynamic jobs report duo, bernstein and mauri maurice. that's a good number. how is it? >> it's a good number when you consider the past couple of months moved up on the payrolls 84,000. one of the things i always like to do when we talk about this is smooth out the monthly noise in the data by taking ang average. if you look at the average over the past four months and the employment growth has picked up, it's 170,000 per month. if you look at the second quarter when we were in a definite slower job growth regime, we added 70,000 per month. what you hear the president reflecting on there and it's worn out in the numbers is acceleration. a faster pace of job growth that's a good thing. you mentioned the tick up in the unemployment rate. that increase is insignificant, but more importantly this time it's a function of more people coming into the labor market. a bunch of them got jobs, but more people came in than were employed. if that persists, it's actually a good sign suggesting that
romney are full speed ahead in the battleground states seeking out undecided voters. president obama was in boulder, colorado yesterday. today he has three campaign events in ohio. he will be anxious to hear the jobs report. political expert telling the san francisco gate if the unemployment rate stays below 8% he believes voters will slug it off. any increase would mean president obama would -- face voters with the highest rate since roosevelt if the rate is above 8%, mitt romney is going to use that to his advantage. he campaigned in virginia yesterday. this morning, romney starts in wisconsin and moves to ohio. "the new york times" reporting the romney campaign is making a serious play for pennsylvania last minute appearance there sunday, polls now show president obama's edge in pennsylvania is narrowing. will the jobs report give either any massive boost? that's unclear. experts say all but a few voters have likely made up their minds, particularly, about the economy. katie marzullo, abc7 news. >>> developing news for one of the areas hardest hit by the superstorm. con ed officia
. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. >> romney picking up a talking point the unemployment rate rose to 7.9%. a month ago to recall in a september jobs report the rate dropped unexpectedly from 8.1% to 7.8%, which was the rate the president obama had when he took office in january 2009. giving the president a talking point, given that one back. dennis: thank you very much, peter barnes. cheryl: our next guest says recovery is simply not enough anymore and the october jobs report is another reminder we are nowhere near economic expansion. the chairman joins us now. why are you so focus on the idea of expansion and not recovery? >> when you look at the jobs report, remember, you have close to 150, maybe 200,000 new entrants into the job market every month. we have a jobs report like this, good, right on the margins very good and improving. we're still not absorbing or creating new jobs, not showing expanding economy so if we're looking to invest in other people's money like we do every day, we want to see an expanding economy, we want to know the things we ar
is factually accurate. what we're hearing is the unemployment rate is higher today than when obama took office. with fewer people in the workforce, we can't afford four more years of this. your response to those concerns, quite frankly, that the jobs number is higher than what it was? >> well, we fully expected mitt romney and his group wasn't going to come out and endorse what the number is. we've been nearly 5.5 million jobs created. we're moving in the right direction. the question for people right now is where do they want to go from here? the president will say today, we've come too far to turn back now. >> there is a new line of attack we're hearing from mitt romney. he started it yesterday. i'm going to play a little clip right now. >> we've got to find something to suggest it's going to be better over the next four years. so we came up with an idea last week, which is he's going to create the department of business. i don't think adding a new chair in his cabinet will help add millions of jobs on main street. >> jobs, jobs, more jobs. it's what i've been hearing since i've been on the
, but it is close, abc news posts obama 49, romney 48. some say obama 49, romney 47. anyone can make a difference. new consumer confidence survey is up. tomorrow, watch the last unemployment report before the election. it is close and anything can make a difference. >> it is. gary. so are you getting a little tired of politics? a four year old little girl burst into tears after hearing about the election again on npr. >> i'm tired. i'm tired of uncle bama and mitt romney. >> it will be soon over, okay? the election will be over tune, okay? >> yea. >> npr wrote a letter of apology so her saying there is only a few days left. >>> new at 11:00, new details about the attack on the compound in libya. the cia says it rushed in security teams within 25 minutes of the start of the attack. they took control of the effort to evacuate u.s. personnel but despite their efforts, ambassador chris stephens and two other citizens were killed. >>> and life is still a far cry from normal in "new york post" sandy. we have a story on life in one of the hardest hit states. >>> when you have a city with the largest sub
it shows the economy is virtually at a standstill because basically the unemployment rate is where it was when obama was sworn in. now the obama administration is pointing out they created more than five million jobs since the president took office in the private sector, that is. and also, if you look a the first full month the president was in office the unemployment rate was 8.3%. now it's 7.9. >> tom: instead of arguing about the data, what about the demographics here? because polls, obviously, show this is an extremely close race going into tuesday. so what about the key voting demographics in this jobs report? >> reporter: you know, one little nugget that i thought was very interesting, the unemployment rate for white men has fall tone 6.6% and about a year ago it was 7.8%. that is a key voting demographic, but inrestingly enough, even though the unemployment rate is coming down, that demographic is going as much as two to one for romney. you know, sometimes demographic information and the unemployment information doesn't always sync up. >> tom: timing is everything in terms o
unemployment is higher now than when president obama took office. he argued that he has a plan to make real changes to fix the job market. early voting ends tomorrow. in chicago. there is one early voting site per ward, plus the chicago election boardice she pleaded with a man for help, but claims he refused. a reporter tracked down that man, who will only go by the name "alan." he shared his side of the story. two year old brendan and four year old connor were found a few blocks away from that home. and the frustration continues to grow. in the aftermath of sandy. across 15 states and the district of columbia, 3-point-3 million customers remain without power. staten island was one of the hardest hit areas. at one point, a woman screamed at reporters that in the last 48 hours, all she had eaten was a slice of pizza. she told senatore chuck schumer "we are going to die. help arrived last night- when ten red cross trucks showed up with food, water and medicine. the super storm also dumped three feet of snow in west virginia and maryland. the national weather service says a nor-easter is pre
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